SCI175 Current Topics in Natural and Physical Sciences (8)

Science is a dynamic and essential element of everyday and global life. This subject explores current issues in the natural and physical sciences that will have major impacts on the environment, communities and individuals, both now and into the future. Students will experience the scientific process, develop their knowledge in foundational science disciplines, and expand skills in applying scientific methodology to have informed discussions about everyday and global issues.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SCI175. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Diploma of General Studies and the CSU Pathway Course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the scientific method and explain how it is used to address issues affecting the natural and physical world;
  • be able to use appropriate terminology and communication strategies to analyse and discuss current issues affecting the natural and physical world to peers and the scientific community; and
  • be able to explain and apply key concepts of natural and physical sciences including foundation chemistry, physics and biology.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The anthropocene
  • The scientific method and evaluating sources of credible scientific information
  • Biodiversity
  • Food and water security
  • Waste management
  • Renewable energy
  • Climate change
  • Throughout the above topics some basic chemistry, physics, plant and soil biology, and microbiology concepts will be covered such as systems, sustainability, cycles, matter, reactions including acid/base and decomposition, solubility, force, electricity and radiation.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SCI175 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short answer questions and presentation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.